August 2, 2016
Samantha Gore Creates a Moroccan Idyll at One Central Park West in Marjorelle Blue
Samantha Gore creates a super-saturated abode inspired by Yves Saint-Laurent's Moroccan Idyll.
by Deborah L. Martin interior designer Samantha Gore photographer Christopher Stark
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"The real challenge of this project was figuring out how to import the blue paint from Morocco," says Samantha Gore of this 1 Central Park apartment. And not just any blue paint. The color the client wanted was Majorelle blue, which he saw at Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech. French painter Jacques Majorelle painted the walls of his studio and garden in the ultramarine blue he invented, and it has become synonymous with Moroccan style. In 1980, Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé rescued the property from developers and lived there until Saint Laurent's death in 2008. Says Gore, "The color is pure pigment in a water base. It is so saturated that it becomes its own light source."
With blue as a starting point, the designer decided to accent it with equally bright colors. "When you have a color that intense the rest of the palette has to be able to stand up to it." No retiring whites and grays here. The dining room is done in an intense gold, the bedroom has a red ceiling and pink walls to contrast with the deep walnut panels in the hallway and the newly created walk-in closets. Gore explains, "if the blue was the only intense color it would overwhelm the eye. But mixed with other saturated colors it becomes much more harmonious."
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